- Nov 15, 2019
Pictured is a pocket Bible from my collection shared and inscribed by two young soldiers from Company E, 6th Pennsylvania Reserve Regiment (35th Regiment).
The primary owner’s inscription is that of William E. Gillespie from Treverton Pa. the second inscription is that of Thaddeus S. Smith. Both of them were teenagers when they joined the unit and their comparable young age presumably helped forge a bond wherein they shared this Bible.
At Gettysburg on July 2, 1863 a small detail of six volunteers was dispatched to attack Confederate sharpshooters in a log house near Devil’s Den (this log house was probably part of the John T. Weikert farm). For this mission, all six volunteers were later awarded the Medal of Honor. Thaddeus S. Smith was one of those six and he received the nation’s highest honor on May 5, 1900.